ADKINS, CLODEON Deaceased Name: Clodean Adkins Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: PA & E CO Date of Birth: 21 April 1915 Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 01 February 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 163300 North 1073800 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 1020 Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. REMARKS: 730305 RELEASED BY PRG SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). CLODEN ADKINS Civilian Retired Major - United States Army Captured: February 1, 1968 Released: March 5, 1973 In early 1967 I departed the U. S. for Vietnam after signing a contract as Chief of Supply for an engineering company supporting the U. S. Army elements in South Vietnam. During 1967 I was stationed in Qui Nhon and Da Nang areas. The latter part of January 1968, because of critical logistics problems at the company's Phu Bai installation, I moved to this area temporarily. The morning of 31 January 1968, at approximately 2:30 A. M., the combined forces of the Viet Cong (Yi Phong) regional forces (local sympathizers) and the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam regular forces, attacked Hue city. I was living in a prime target area near the Division Commander of the ARVN forces and Ihe Hue Chief of Police and was immediately pinned down and was captured about dusk the evening of the 31st of January 1968. Four other American civilians and I were moved out of Hue the night of 31 January 1968, marched 17 hours by devious routes, and arrived at a prisoners' assembly camp at approximately noon, l February 1968. We were held at this point until 19 February 1968. During this period many prisoners, American and South Vietnamese, were brought to this camp. The Vietnamese were moved out to other camps about once each week. On the l9th of February they decided to move the Americans north to Hanoi. At this time there were 25 Americans, including two women, and one Philippino. Five Americans were left at this camp because of wounds and injuries. While at this camp our diet consisted of two small bowls of rice daily. This group of 21 prisoners, plus guards, moved through the mountains and jungle by devious routes for seven days. We arrived at a military command post northwest of the Hue area where a high ranking Vietnamese Army Officer, who was apparently in charge of military operations in the Hue area, told us we were prisoners of the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam. The following morning, just prior to our departure north, he separated the two women from our group. We proceeded north on the 26th of February over the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Laos on foot. On the 16th of March, while encamped on a ridge line, we were attacked two days in a row by Air Force fighter bombers. This day they hit the target, killing and wounding many North Vietnamese troops, also one American was killed and four others wounded or injured. On the 17th we buried our companions and carried one of our party out of the mountains and entrucked for ten days. Our diet during this period was two rice balls daily. We carried eleven bags of rice consisting of 21 kilos each for our food supply. We arrived at a detention camp in the Quan Binh province just south of the 20th parallel the night of 21 March. This was an initial interrogation, identification, and indoctrination point. Food was better here. The prison was converted rice sheds, rice thatched roofs, cells constructed inside, very little ventilation, extremely hot throughout the day and into the night. We remained here until 3 July 1968. There were both civilians and military prisoners here but kept separately. The night of 3 July the civilians were moved out, walking northeast. During this period we were stoned by North Vietnamese civilians when we passed through villages and towns. The third day we entrucked and rode for sixteen hours continuously. Early in the morning of 7 July we arrived at an old French monastery 10 kilometers north of Hanoi, that had been converted into a political prison. Here interrogation continued. First, I was with another prisoner in a cell meant for one person. Then I was moved for a short period to a larger cell with three other prisoners. Then, because I had refused to give any information other than my name, grade and reason for being in South Vietnam, they moved me into isolation; something they had been threatening to do since I had arrived in this camp. In January 1971 they moved me and another prisoner to what they called a community cell with three other prisoners, where we remained until June 1971. The general diet there was a bowl of watery vegetables and rice twice daily. I refused to eat rice and was given bread. No further attempts were made to obtain information from me once they moved me into solitary. On 22 June 1971 thirteen prisoners and myself were moved approximately 50 miles southwest of Hanoi to the NAM Ha province. This prison consisted of one building, two rooms with platforms to sleep on, one room to eat in, one a combination toilet and washing room. The prison was surrounded by a 20 foot high rock wall with one entrance gate. The prison guards were lax at this prison as we were allowed outside in the prison courtyard for a period in the morning and afternoon until 1 October 1971. At this time two other prisoners and I escaped over the wall. This attempt to escape was unsuccessful since we could not get clear of the dense jungle which surrounded the prison. Security was very tight and treatment harsher after this for a period of a year. When private talks were started in October 1972 treatment and food improved, even to allowing prisoners outside again under close supervision. On 28 January 1973 all prisoners of this camp were moved to the Heartbreak Hotel section of the Hanoi Hilton. Later we were shifted to the Las Vegas section. I was released to American authorities with the second contingent on S March 1973 and returned to the United States on 8 March 1973. As a result of my 61 months imprisonment and treatment by the Communists, my lungs as a result of T. B. and my eyesight as a result of prolonged malnutrition are seriously impaired. Cloden Adkins and his wife Margaret reside in California. He retired at the rank of Major from the United States Army prior to his capture. 09/25/97 Cloden Adkins was killed in a automobile accident near his home in California.